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We square up with the harsh realities and heavy statistics to find glimmers of a solution. Ranging in topics from refugee care to financial literacy, food deserts to elder care, anti-trafficking to housing for the homeless, we have vigorously sought out hope and inspiration amidst poverty, corruption, disease, devastation, and abuse.
Over the past several years, we have pulled together dozens of generous creatives to craft a different narrative. Together, we counter the negative news cycle and use art to transform statistics into stories and awareness into action.
While high-quality film/photo/story assets have proven essential to successful fundraising efforts, many non-profit organizations struggle to tell their own stories well. Bittersweet stands in the gap, featuring organizations doing inspiring and much needed work in response to the critical social issues of our day.
Every year, we compile a list of a few dozen story ideas shared with us by our readers, friends, clients, and network. Then, together with our core contributors, we review and debate which stories to tell in our next annual cycle. There are a few key questions we ask when evaluating organizations to feature:
With our editorial calendar set, we start building story teams — engaging our community of creative contributors who volunteer their time and talent to get these inspiring stories told. Story teams include an editor (Kate or Amanda), writers, photographers, filmmakers, graphic designers, musicians and songwriters, event planners, etc.
Bittersweet is a collaborative effort to dig into issues of poverty, war, disease, devastation and abuse to find uplifting stories of serious, gritty hope. It’s a growing movement. Join us.